Friday, April 20, 2018

Today’s Reading: Acts 8:1-40
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. - Acts 8:4-5
The early church was planted with reckless abandon. They were scattered and they preached the word. Reckless abandon makes most of us nervous. We like order and a plan. Me! My closet is arranged in order. Shirts by style and color, etc. Philip was one of those scattered and he encountered maybe the most interesting group recorded. Samaritans, a sorcerer, and an Ethiopian eunuch. Samaritans must have been eager to hear the word. They received and were joyous just like the story of the Samaritan woman in John. One Samaritan, Simon the sorcerer, is an interesting story. He believed, is baptized, then chastised, and we are left hanging. Philip convinces the eunuch, he is baptized, then Philip is taken away by the Spirit. Philip reappears in Azotus and continues his reckless abandon preaching. When you find yourself up against all odds you may be in the best place for God to use you. It may not be orderly but it will change people. As the saying goes, just keep on keeping on. (Note: We met Saul at the end of chapter seven. Pay attention to him in the first few verses of this chapter. )
Heavenly Father, give us a heart of reckless abandon. We will let you arrange the details and do the follow up, we want to be obedient to your leading. Give us a fearless attitude as we speak of the good news of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus - Boldness in Jesus’ Name - Acts 3
Pray in Jesus’ name for people who need healing (3:16). Praise His name for signs and wonders in the public schools. Listen for a manner to pray over our city officials and governments.